Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
As Americans, we are taught from day one that our Constitution guarantees us the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's a noble goal and has helped our country become the great country it is today. But on a spiritual level, living life this way doesn't work.

The foundational principle to this concept is based upon the premise that I have a right to pursue these three things and it is a violation of the Constitution to deny me those rights. Jesus taught us that the true way to life, liberty and happiness is found the opposite way. He tells us in Matthew 10:39 that whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Man's method is living for himself. God's method is living for others. That is the key that unlocks real life, true liberty and real happiness.

Jesus not only taught this principle, he lived it. Philippians 2 gives us a snapshot of the life of Christ lived out. It says that even though he was God, he emptied himself and become nothing, taking on the form of a servant so that he could come to earth and bring us eternal life. He laid down his life for us. He showed us that the secret to real life, liberty and happiness is only found when we die to ourselves.

Does your life seem a little empty? Do you feel trapped by life? Are you unhappy? Perhaps you are pursuing these three things from the wrong direction. Start doing things backwards from the way you are used to. Instead of living for yourself, live for others. As you begin to do this you will then begin to experience a dimension of life, liberty and happiness that you never knew you could have. What do you think would happen if all Americans lived this way?

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